There are dozens of cruise lines sailing the oceans of the world, but only a select few can be at the top. The most popular cruise lines are selected over and over by new and experienced cruisers alike. Here is a quick comparison of some of the top large cruise lines on the seas today.
Though the larger cruise lines today aim to have it all, there are a few lines that cater more to the active and fun traveler. The Royal Caribbean cruise line, which boasts the largest cruise ships in the world, is a great choice for the active cruise passenger. On-board activities include a rock climbing wall, mini golf, ice skating and a surf simulator. The fitness facilities on these ships are some of the best in the business, with modern cardio and weight-training machines, and a variety of fitness classes.
As the name suggests, the Carnival cruise line is geared toward a fun experience at sea. These ships boast an action-packed nightlife, including piano bars, discos, live music and a casino on board. The ships also offer bingo, cinemas and dance lessons to keep passengers on their toes.
The Disney cruise line is the most obvious choice for a family cruising with kids. Young ones can play in the toddler nursery, while school-aged children can choose from a range of activities and entertainment including pizza parties, computer games and Disney musicals. These ships have activities for the whole family, but adults can get some time on their own as well.
Of the top cruise lines, the Princess cruise line is best suited for the more romantic traveler. A number of intimate dining options as well as adults-only areas are available on board Princess ships. The cruise line also offers a class where you can become a "Certified Romantic." In addition, Princess boasts some of the only captains licensed to perform marriages on the waves. Passengers can also enjoy themselves at the spa or watch Las Vegas-style cabaret shows in the evening.
The Norwegian cruise line also has many aspects which cater to the adult traveler, with a focus on interesting nighttime entertainment and plenty of space in the on-board casinos. The line encourages passenger participation, and tries to offer something for everyone.